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Man sought in porch killing jailed on murder charge

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:00 PDT

After a Broward County man punched a woman friend in her forehead, she called her brother who used a handgun to carry out lethal revenge, an arrest report says.

A week after the Aug. 8 shooting when Andre Thomas, 41, died, the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Hubert Blount, 44. Blount, who has...


Driver kills mother's boyfriend by ramming him with car, police say

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Leotis Roberson knew he wasn’t going to survive, his sister said Tuesday.

His dying words to his girlfriend, after getting pinned and crushed between two cars early Friday, were “I’m not going to make it,” Shakira Breedlove told the Sun Sentinel.

Roberson, 34, was intervening in an argument between...


Broward man admits synagogue bomb plot, expected to serve 25 years and get treatment

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

A Broward man admitted Wednesday that he planned to bomb an Aventura synagogue during Passover last year.

But James Gonzalo Medina, 41, of Hollywood, has been diagnosed with a “spider-like” brain cyst that may have affected his conduct, according to the defense.

Under an uncommon agreement between...


Deerfield votes to allow marijuana dispensaries

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:45:00 PDT

Deerfield Beach is willing to welcome medical marijuana dispensaries in its borders, the City Commission decided in a split vote Tuesday night.

In a 3-2 vote, a proposed ban on the dispensaries failed after a passionate discussion that included one commissioner admitting to baking illegal marijuana...


Aspiring chef's accused killer says he was 'spooked' during burglary

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:30:00 PDT

D’Marcus Tucker admitted to detectives in 2014 that he stabbed aspiring chef Nicole Franco with her own knife, a statement he made after one deputy scolded him for withholding the truth and bringing shame to Tucker’s mother.

Defense lawyer David Wheeler told jurors during opening statements last...


Suspect in violent Sunrise sex assault arrested in New York, police say

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 PDT

A man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a woman who was walking next to a Sunrise park 11 months ago has been arrested in New York, police say.

It was Sept. 5, 2016, Labor Day, and the woman was walking about 6 a.m. near Cypress Preserve Park when she was approached by a man at 3700 NW...


Trial opens in dragging death of Fort Lauderdale bicyclist

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Alex Inostroza could have stopped his car when he struck bicyclist Craig Camlin in December 2013. He didn’t, for two miles.

Instead, prosecutor Peter Holden told a jury Tuesday, Inostroza drove home to Pompano Beach, pulled Camlin from the back of his 2003 Ford Mustang and dumped the injured man...


Florida's gator hunt kicks off; competition expected to be fierce

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Florida’s annual alligator season kicked off Tuesday night, with hunters expected to head to the swamps to bag their prized reptiles.

About 6,000 people won permits that give them the right to go on public lands and trap up to two of the large reptiles, which are popular for their meat and skin....


Top things to know about the eclipse if you live in South Florida

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:10:00 PDT

This is the Sunshine State, so it’s fitting that some of the sun will still be shining in Florida during Monday’s solar eclipse.

Here in South Florida, we’ll see a partial solar eclipse, with about 80 percent of the sun covered.

The partial eclipse will be visible from about 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m....


Broward schools to keep normal dismissal times despite eclipse

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:55:00 PDT

Broward schools will release students at their normal time but caution them not to look up when they leave the first day of school Monday.

A solar eclipse is expected to coincide with dismissal times on Aug 21. It can damage the eyes of those who look at it without special filtering glasses.



Former Dolphins player bolts from courtroom, injuring two officers, report says

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:15:00 PDT

A former Miami Dolphins cornerback left two Miami-Dade police officers injured on Tuesday after he bolted from a Miami-Dade courtroom when a judge ordered him placed under custody, police said.

Dimitri Patterson, 34, was being detained Tuesday evening and is expected to face charges including battery...


Jack Latvala, newest candidate for Florida governor, hits the campaign trail

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Taking a few swipes at his opponents, Jack Latvala billed himself Wednesday as the only candidate for governor with the right combination of experience in government and business to lead Florida.

Latvala has spent years in the Florida Senate, but said his business experience gives him “a different...


Flooding closes Concourse G at Fort Lauderdale airport

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Flooding from a water leak closed a portion of Concourse G in Terminal 4 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport late Tuesday morning.

Four gates, mostly used by Spirit Airlines, were affected by the flooding, said Allan Siegel, community outreach coordinator for the Broward County Aviation...


Jury hears rambling confession in Lauderhill murder trial

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:30:00 PDT

To achieve spiritual fulfillment, Darrius Johnson had to kill someone. A Taurus, preferably.

That’s what the Lauderhill man told a detective during a rambling, two-hour recorded statement on March 31, 2013, hours after police found the body of Johnson’s girlfriend, Monica Gooden. She had been stabbed...


Police search for Lauderdale Lakes man's killer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:20:00 PDT

A 26-year-old Lauderdale Lakes man with a gunshot wound was found in his vehicle early Saturday, police said.

Jhere’mi Brooks died the next day at Broward Health Medical Center, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a 1:30 a.m. report of shots...


Kava bar ban in Lighthouse Point faces new legal challenge

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Kava, an herbal brew with sedative properties, is now roiling the city of Lighthouse Point.

The city rejected a Boca Raton man’s proposal to open a kava bar in June, saying it violated the city’s ban on designer drugs. Now, Jeffrey Bowman has kicked off a legal fight, asking the court to overrule...


Formerly silent heroin dealer wants to withdraw guilty plea in near-fatal overdose case

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:45:00 PDT

When Gerald Petion resumed talking after refusing to speak in court for 12 months, court officials thought their problems were over.

But Petion, also known as “Gangsta,” had other ideas.

He was scheduled to be sentenced to federal prison Monday after admitting, in May, that he sold heroin linked...


South Florida Catholic schools closing for solar eclipse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Students at South Florida Catholic schools will get time off so they be part of a highly anticipated event: the solar eclipse.

Catholic schools in Broward and Miami-Dade counties will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Archdiocese of Miami.

The Dioceses of Palm Beach will close...


Don't want to ride bus? Broward has plan to entice you

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:50:00 PDT

Urban planners want you to ride a bus — but they haven’t made waiting for one easy.

Broward County has 4,570 bus stops but only 1,100 bus shelters – or one out of four. And only 1,400 bus stops have benches.

That’s a problem in South Florida’s steaming heat and torrential rainstorms. So the county...


Emergency alerts may not reach cellphone users

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:35:00 PDT

As more people ditch their landline phones, new emergency warning systems in Florida could leave half of South Florida in danger.

The systems operated by county governments will send warnings about flooding, hurricanes, hazardous spills and other emergencies to all homes with landlines, but if...


Beleaguered Broward Health board: 'We're in the right direction'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The leaders of Broward Health took steps Tuesday to fill depleted senior executive ranks and insisted that recent news of staff resignations, a reduced credit rating and other negative developments did not paint a true picture of the public hospital system’s operations.

“I read a lot of garbage...


South Florida activists host vigil for victims of Virginia white supremacy rally

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

About 30 people came out to Cathy and Bob Anderson Park in Hollywood to speak out against racism and intolerance Sunday.

Protesters came donning signs and shirts with taglines such as “Refuse fascism” and calls to take down Confederate flags and monuments. The demonstration was meant to honor the...


Man comes forward a month after hit-and-run near Sawgrass Mills

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:35:00 PDT

Nearly a month after a woman riding a bicycle home from work was run down and left unconscious and critically injured on a street in Sunrise, a 21-year-old man turned himself in to face charges in connection with the incident.

Adrian Perez appeared in court Saturday for the July 15 collision that...


Man crossing street struck and killed in Lauderdale Lakes

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:20:00 PDT

A man was killed around 1 a.m. Sunday after he was struck by a car while attempting to cross Oakland Park Boulevard in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said.

Investigators said the man was hit in the 3400 block by a vehicle heading westbound on West Oakland Park Boulevard in the far-left thru lane.


Fort Lauderdale airport terminal evacuated after Sunday morning gas leak

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:45:00 PDT

About 100 passengers and employees were evacuated from two concourses at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Sunday after a natural gas leak that apparently originated in a restaurant, officials said.

The evacuation in terminal 3 was ordered at 4:30 a.m. and lasted about an hour,...